JAMES 'JAY' TAYLOR
ROGERSVILLE -- In his Davidson County jail cell Monday former Hawkins County judge James "Jay" Taylor was served with 12 new theft related charges bringing his total to 53.
Last week he was indicted by the Davidson County Grand Jury on 41 counts of theft related to fraudulent payment claims he made to the state while serving as either juvenile or session court judge. These new charges handed down Friday by the Hawkins County Grand Jury are related to alleged thefts that occurred in his private practice. Taylor, 41, of Rogersville, remains held in the Davidson County Jail on $175,000 bond.
The Hawkins County indictments included one count of theft over $60,000, four counts of theft more than $10,000, four counts of theft more than $1,000, and three counts of money laundering. On August 9, 2011, the TBI was requested by the 3rd Judicial District Attorney General’s Office to investigate allegations of bribery and theft against Taylor.
Friday's Hawkins County indictments stem from incidents that occurred between May of 2007 and July of 2010. On various occasions, while acting as an attorney, Taylor kept the settlement funds awarded to clients in workers compensation claims. He also obtained money from individuals under false pretenses with a promise to invest the funds. He then conducted financial transactions to conceal or disguise the funds he obtained in the thefts resulting in the money laundering charges against him. On four occasions in 2010, while claiming to raise money for a Foundations Display or Heritage Display, Taylor obtained donations of money from organizations to pay to erect a display in the Hawkins County Justice Center. That display was never built and he concealed or disguised the source of the funds by transferring the money into his interest on lawyer trust account to pay debts and expenses. The total dollar amount of funds taken as stated in the twelve indictments is just under $200,000.
The 41 theft charges from Davidson County are for false claims submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts for legal work not performed as a result of the same investigation. He turned himself into authorities on Thursday.
The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office is handling the prosecution of the case.
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